scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip(t)-shər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Definition of scripture

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural
(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture
Recent Examples on the Web His paintings are often named after the scripture that provided the inspiration. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 About three hours later, the parishioners would have to find that strength mentioned in the scripture to save their own lives when the stranger locked them in the auditorium and pulled out a gun. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The church printed a number of materials in the Deseret Alphabet, including newspapers, children’s primers and Books of Mormon, the faith’s signature scripture, but the system was never broadly adopted. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 May 2022 The things that had to happen out there were so clear and simple—eat, walk, hide, sleep—that just getting through the day felt like scripture: a true and honest accounting of everything that underlies the frantic performance of life. Sebastian Junger, Outside Online, 19 May 2021 Mason • Violence is shot through Latter-day Saint scripture, both ancient and modern. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 May 2022 Unlike Robinson and his mostly Christian successors, this new generation of biblical archaeologists was overwhelmingly made up of agnostics and atheists with little interest in proving the truth of scripture. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 Still, these clergy members feel more comfortable trusting their interpretation of scripture rather than stretching texts to flout a sound public-health measure. Mansee Khurana, The Atlantic, 28 Jan. 2022 In a more minor role, Rory Culkin briefly steals the spotlight as a Lafferty brother who spends his time in the police station bellowing scripture, until Pyre and Taba manage to surprise him into breaking the act. Caroline Framke, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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25 May 2022

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“Scripture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip-chər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1
2 : writings sacred to a religious group


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